What Does It Mean to be ‘Critical’ in IS Research?

  • Carole Brooke


The main aim of this paper is to explore what it means to conduct ‘critical’ research in IS. In order to begin this, it is necessary to look beyond the scope of IS inquiry itself to other disciplines, especially organizational analysis. A preliminary review is made of the state of critical thinking in the fields of information systems and organization. In addressing the question ‘what is critical research?’ the paper shows how definitions have changed and broadened over time.


Critical Theory Critical Inquiry Discursive Practice Frankfurt School Critical System Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Brooke
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business and ManagementUniversity of LincolnBrayford PoolUK

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